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BIFA welcomes opportunity to consult on airport capacity

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Robert Keen

Robert Keen

The trade association for UK freight forwarders and logistics service providers welcomes the opportunity to participate in the further consultation that was announced by the Airports Commission last week.

Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), Robert Keen said: “The Airports Commission announced a major consultation exercise on the future of air transport and airport capacity in the UK following the publication of its initial assessment of proposals for additional runway capacity at Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

“As part of that consultation, BIFA will continue to submit our thoughts to the Commission relative to the constraints imposed by capacity limitations, UK global connectivity, the importance of air freight and the key facilitative role played by the freight forwarder.

“It is our view that an expanded Heathrow airport will enable airlines to provide wider access to developing markets and hence increase UK trade. Any further delay in providing the UK with a world class hub airport can only damage the UK economy.

“We can only hope that after the general election in May 2015, the welter of evidence as presented will be such that there will be cross-party consensus and politicians will give the green light and adopt the Airports Commission’s recommendations in full and finally get things started on a much overdue expansion of UK aviation hub capacity.”

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